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River Yonne is a gorgeous river between Canal du Nivernais and the Haute Seine.

River Yonne | France: Characteristics & Overview

Rating of waterway

Length of waterway: 108 km
Number of locks: 26
Lock dimensions: 94.00 x 8.10
Max. depth: 1.80
Max. headroom: 4.40
Degree of difficulty: Some experience is an advantage
Requirements: No license asked for hired boats
Character of waterway: back to nature
Profile of waterway: Used by tourists only
Facilities groundside: Good

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Waterway has access to:

Canal de Bourgogne
Canal du Loing | Canal in France
Canal du Nivernais | French Canal
LaRiver Seine Amont, River Seine upstream, Marcilly to Paris | waterways in France

River Yonne, the beautiful river between Burgundy and River Seine
A French ruler, so one says, thought of the Charente to be the most beautiful river of France. He might be right, but then follows, for me, immediately the Yonne. It lies much more to the north. Its surroundings and the river itself are very abundant. A small brook, Rigolle d’Yonne, leaves the reservoir at Pannesière-Chaumard in the Morvan. Southerly of Cobigny it meets the Canal du Nivernais – or the other way round – and is accompanying it to Auxerre. That is where it gets navigable and relieves the canal. At kilometer 22 is the entry of the Canal du Bourgogne and after a short and amusing 107 km it already flows into the Seine. One has to get used to the oval and concave locks on its lower course. It’s a pity that just when you get to like them, you are already on the Seine, where the very huge ones are waiting … .
Information for your boating holiday at the department of Yonne, in the northwest of Burgundy
Advantage: A river to enjoy, don’t just plan the one and a half days to pass by, stay a bit longer!
Disadvantage: The already mentioned locks on the lower course.
Suitable for families and all other kind of bon vivants  

Houseboat Holidayy in France

House Boat hire, River Yonne

Locaboat Holidays, Joigny

Yonne Tourisme, Homepage

Here I think, the way is the aim. The river and the surrounding is so beautiful, one would like to go on and on … . This would be a mistake. You should visit the charming town of Joigny and perhaps even go to “Cote St. Jacques” for a meal, even though it has **Michelin-Stars “only” at the moment. Also Villeneuve sur Yonne, Sens and Pont sur Yonne are inviting for a stop. This can’t be said of Monterau.

Food and Drinks
To start with, the wine of this region is the Chablis! A wine, that is excellent for cooking as well. The valley of the Yonne is known for its delicious fish specialties but it can also be mussels or oysters. Not to forget is the real specialty, “Andouillettes de Chablis”, it can of course only be enjoyed with Chablis.